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British Rockers Back Disability Equality Campaign

23rd June 2014

British rock acts The Cure, Franz Ferdinand and Mystery Jets have thrown their support behind a new campaign to make gigs more accessible for disabled music fans.The MusicWithoutBarriers drive aims to raise awareness of the...

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Sparks Team Up With Franz Ferdinand For New Album Project

9th February 2014

Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with oddball electro-pop pioneers Sparks for a new album project.The Take Me Out hitmakers have been working with Ron and Russell Mael since meeting up in California last...

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Jared Leto Leads Silence For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

10th November 2013

Jared Leto led a minute's silence at the MTV EMAs for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.The rocker - whose band 30 Seconds To Mars won the award for Best Alternative act -...

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Bestival 2013: Snoop Dogg, Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr & The Knife Rock The Boat

By Lauren James | 9th September 2013

Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event....

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In One Last Bout Of Summer Festival Euphoria, Snoop Dogg And Franz Ferdinand Rock Bestival

By Victoria Pavlova | 8th September 2013

Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his...

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The Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action For Franz Ferdinand: Not Breaking Up

By Jack de Aguilar | 22nd August 2013

Releasing a fourth album isn’t as easy as you’d think; sure you’ve made the relevant contacts, established a fan base and have a depth of experience under your belt – all of that came with...

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Franz Ferdinand Nearly Disbanded

21st August 2013

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos almost broke up the chart-topping group two years ago after growing tired of the "routine" and "obligations" of the music industry.The rocker was exhausted and "incredibly miserable" following the release...

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Rocker Alex Kapranos Presses On With Festival Gig After Suffering Nut Allergy

11th August 2013

Franz Ferdinand rocker Alex Kapranos required medical attention backstage at a music festival in Hungary on Sunday (11Aug13) after suffering an allergic reaction hours before the British band was due onstage.The Cribs singer Ryan Jarman...

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A Week In Music, Kanye West Releases 'Black Skinhead' Video, Dawes Talk New Album And Bob Dylan And Mercury And Jackson Duets Are To Be Unveiled

By Holly Williams | 30th July 2013

A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US...

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Fascinating Fact: 3785815

28th July 2013

Diane Martel, the director who made the controversial videos for Miley Cyrus' We Can't Stop and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, has signed up to take charge of the promo for Franz Ferdinand's new single Evil...

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Beck Performs Sheet Music Album With Star Guests

8th July 2013

Singer/songwriter Beck brought his innovative sheet music album to life on stage in London last week (ends07Jul13) with help from stars including Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and rockers Franz Ferdinand.The Loser hitmaker released his latest...

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Song Reader: Beck Plays Album Of Sheet Music At London's Barbican

By Michael West | 8th July 2013

It is perhaps Beck's strangest album. Song Reader - the record made up entirely of sheet music - was played in full at London's Barbican Theatre on Sunday (July 7, 2013), with a huge cast...

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Beck Summons An Army To Help Him Turn 'Song Reader' Into Music

By Lauren James | 5th July 2013

Depending on the way you look at it, Beck's decision to release his last album in the form of sheet music was either incredibly innovative or unforgivably pretentious. Released in December 2012, Song Reader comprised...

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Franz Ferdinand Want 'Instant Buzz' From Songs

2nd June 2013

Franz Ferdinand want their songs to have an ''instant buzz'' as well as a deeper meaning.The 'Take Me Out' band are working on their fourth album, 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action', and hope trying...

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Hey, Remember Franz Ferdinand? They're Back With A New Album!

By Michael West | 16th May 2013

Glasgow rockers Franz Ferdinand have announced plans to release their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, through Domino Records on August 4, 2013. Frontman Alex Kapranos has made no secret of the band's...

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Fatboy Slim To Headline Bestival

16th May 2013

Fatboy Slim is to headline Bestival.The 49-year-old dance music legend - who topped the bill at the festival when it first launched in 2004 - feels ''honoured'' to be closing the main stage on Friday...

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Franz Ferdinand Fixated On New Music

2nd May 2013

Franz Ferdinand are ''fixated'' on their new album.The 'Take Me Out' rockers haven't released a record since 2009 but are enjoying working on new material in their own studio, and are producing the LP themselves.Frontman...

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Blur Music Video Director Is 2/1 Favourite For Turner Prize 2013

By Michael West | 25th April 2013

Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley, the director of Blur's 2009 track Good Song, has been installed as the 2/1 favourite for this year's Turner Prize. Shrigley is best known for his humorous line drawings, though also...

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Elton John To Headline Bestival 2013

31st January 2013

Sir Elton John is headlining Bestival 2013.The 'Tiny Dancer' hitmaker will perform on Sunday September 8 during the final evening of the three-day festival on the Isle of Wight, and the singer can't wait to...

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British Stars Sign Petition Backing Imprisoned Punk Band

2nd August 2012

Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos have signed a petition demanding a fair trial for Russian punk band Pussy Riot.Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant and...

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Franz Ferdinand Rocker's Fears For Fans Over Police Clash

28th May 2012

Dozens of fans of British rockers Franz Ferdinand were sprayed with tear gas by police as they were locked out of a concert in Brazil, according to local reports.Organisers of an open-air show in Sao...

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Ready To Rock Lollapalooza

11th April 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline this year's Lollapalooza festival. The 'Tell Me Baby' hitmakers will rock the three-day Chicago music event alongside a diverse range of bands including The Black Keys and Black Sabbath,...

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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Headline Lollapalooza

11th April 2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Black Sabbath will headline this year's Lollapalooza festival.The trio will be joined at the three-day Chicago music event by a diverse range of acts which also...

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Katy B Not Confident About Award Win

28th August 2011

Katy B doesn't think she will win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.The 22-year-old singer is nominated alongside Adele and Tinie Tempah for the prestigious award - which recognises the best British albums of the last 12...

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British Rockers Pay Tribute To Captain Beefheart

19th December 2010

British music stars from bands including FRANZ FERDINAND, KLAXONS and THE ZUTONS have paid tribute to late American rocker/painter CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, who died on Friday (17Dec10).The 69 year old - real name Don Van Vliet...

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Franz Ferdinand Rumoured For All Tomorrow's Parties

24th November 2010

Franz Ferdinand are rumoured to be preparing for a live return to the UK in December.Fans are hoping the band will be surprise guests at the All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) Bowlie 2 Weekender - curated...

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Stars Line Up To Help Collins With Comeback Album

17th June 2010

FRANZ FERDINAND stars ALEX KAPRANOS and NICK MCCARTHY, MAGIC NUMBERS frontman ROMEO STODDART and JOHNNY MARR are among the stars who will appear on Scottish singer/songwriter EDWYN COLLINS' first full-length album since suffering a stroke...

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Franz Ferdinand's Secret Songs

21st May 2010

Franz Ferdinand are determined to keep their new album a secret.The Scottish rockers are currently working on the follow-up to 2009's 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand' but frontman Alex Kapranos is concerned he will "spoil" the record...

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Kapranos Fined By Cops In Mexico

12th April 2010

FRANZ FERDINAND frontman ALEX KAPRANOS was "busted" by cops in Mexico over the weekend (10-11Apr10) after he was caught drinking on the street.The singer was enjoying a night out with pals in Mexico City on...

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Kapranos Laughs Off Musical Reports

10th March 2010

FRANZ FERDINAND frontman ALEX KAPRANOS has dismissed reports he's begun work on a stage musical - urging fans not to take his comments so seriously.The singer was reported to be planning a theatre production, following...

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